At yesterday's press conference to address the surfacing of new photos of his penis sent to a female he met online after he resigned from Congress, Anthony Weiner stated that not much has changed since Monday:
"I'm surprised more things hadn't come out sooner," Weiner said
Tuesday. "Things aren't that much different than they were yesterday."
said there were more things out there," he continued. "We went through
this process and worked through some of these challenges and we put it
Weiner said he was not dropping out of the race for City Hall yesterday and he reiterated that statement today:
A relaxed Anthony Weiner
strolled out of his Gramercy Park apartment Wednesday and said that
voters are more interested in jobs and affordable housing than the new
pics of his private parts.
A day after his second sexting scandal in two years hit the headlines,
Weiner said he planned to spend the day catching up on phone calls,
working on his new policy book and brushing up on the issues for an
evening candidates forum.
When asked about how the latest revelations are affecting him, he said,
“I'm fine. I've got an amazing wife and child upstairs. I've got a
He said that those calling for him to quit the mayoral race never wanted him in.
“A lot of the same people who weren't crazy about me running in the
first place now want me to get out, including my opponents,” the former
Democratic congressman said.
Despite the latest cringe-fest, Weiner said he expects the “conversation” among voters to stay on moving the city forward.
“This is about the city and about the aspirations of people to make things better,” he said.
As I suspected, Weiner's too arrogant and delusional to do anything other than try and hang on in this race, but he is wrong if he thinks that "Things aren't that much different than they were yesterday."
For one thing, the tone and tenor of the press coverage has changed.
Where once much of the press were enabling his campaign with fluff pieces about his family life (the People magazine article from last summer, the NY Times piece that unofficially kicked off his campaign) and how well he was being received on the campaign trail by potential voters, his press coverage has now turned decidedly negative.
Anthony is assuring us that all of this is old news. That he’d already told
us there were still pictures out there. That, really, as he stressed at
yesterday evening’s press conference on the revelations, this doesn’t
change much of anything.
perhaps recognizing that some people might feel like they had heard
this song and dance before, this time Weiner added a fresh wrinkle. When
his original sexting scandal broke, the lovely Huma promptly went
underground, refusing to stand by her husband’s side during the ritual
public mea culpa. But with this new installment, Weinergate 2.0 if you
will, Abedin not only stood next to Weiner at the press conference, she
took her turn lecturing us all that this is a private matter. Anthony
has made some “horrible mistakes,” she allowed. “But I do very strongly
believe that this is between us and our marriage.”
loyal. How poignant. Somewhere in the distance, I swear I heard Hillary
Clinton’s heart break for her longtime friend and surrogate daughter.
in this case, Abedin is so very wrong. This is not just about her and
Anthony and their relationship. He wants a life in politics. Wants it so
very, very badly. And yet, even after he was driven from Congress, even
after he went into therapy, even after he and Abedin began peddling the
narrative of their Long Road Back, even after he had started plotting
his rehabilitation tour, the man could not keep his dick in his pants
and out of cyberspace. We are not talking here about a one-time screw up
or even a series of affairs. Nope. This is a kink that Weiner has
indulged since before his marriage and even after it
vaporized his congressional career and turned him into a national
laughingstock—a kink that, by its very definition, leaves an X-rated,
irrefutable, and more than slightly icky e-trail.
This is the definition of an
ungovernable impulse, my friends, and, as such, it is very much the
business of the good people of New York. Because, you know what? In all
likelihood, Weiner is going to do this again. No matter how earnest and
impassioned his apologies to us and to his wife, and no matter how very
sorry he may believe himself to be, the guy is going to wake up one fine
morning, look down in awe and wonder at his junk, and think, I just
gotta share this with someone new!
he’s at home with Huma and little Jordan in their Park Avenue South
apartment, no biggie. But if he goes off on a sexting spree while
kicking it in Gracie Mansion, just think of the potential for blackmail
and general civic dysfunction. (If I were a political foe—or, say,
someone with a big-ticket city contract on the line—I’d be sprinkling
Twitter with honeypot traps left and right.) And please tell me that
there’s not anyone left out there who still believes that putting a
sexually predatory man in high elective office is going to serve as a
of which is to say that New Yorkers shouldn’t vote for Weiner if they
decide they’re willing to overlook his particular predilection. But both
he and Abedin should spare us their it’s-a-private-matter piety. With
his persistent perviness, Weiner has put his dick squarely on the
ballot. Now a city of 8 million will have its say. Must be quite a
thrill for a guy with Weiner’s exhibitionist tendencies.
Weiner can try and convince himself that nothing has changed now that his post-resignation dalliances as "Carlos Danger" have surfaced in the news, along with new photos of his penis, but he is going to have a harder time convincing the rest of us.
You can be sure that the press will be digging for more dalliances and photos, particularly because Weiner has denied some of the story about his online escapades that was told on TheDirty.com but won't say which
parts are untrue.
Leaving that sort of uncertainty in the story is just asking for trouble, asking for reporters and bloggers like the guy at TheDirty.com to keep digging for dirt.
You can bet that more will surface before all is said and done, that the press is going to feed off Weiner's wounded, skinny-ass carcass, that he will remain the focus of the race and not for good reasons.
It is true that Weiner got a good reception yesterday at the Gay Men's Health Crisis Forum
after he gave his second mea culpa press conference, with audience members applauding his energy and gestures throughout.
But let's see what a few days of devastating coverage in the papers does to that kind of reception on the trail, not to mention to his poll numbers.
People are often willing to forgive politicians for their mistakes once - David Vitter and Mark Sanford are good examples of that impulse on the voters' part - but third chances are harder to come by.
And as Michelle Cottle wrote in that Daily Beast piece I quoted from above, if anybody votes for Anthony Weiner for mayor, they have to be willing to give him fourth, fifth, sixth and perhaps infinite chances, because Weiner is a compulsive sex addict and you can be sure he isn't going to stop his online adventures now.
Not if he can suffer being exposed twice and still walk out of his apartment this morning looking fresh and rested and claiming nothing much has changed since the new penis photos surfaced.
If his wife admits that it has taken a lot of "hard work" and a "lot of therapy" for her to save their marriage, what can Joe Public expect with this man servicing their interests?ReplyDelete
An excellent point. I don't think the general public - even the 26% who say they support him in the latest Qunnipiac poll - are as committed to his psychosis and his wife is. God bless her - God help us.Delete
A vote for a shameless exhibitionist with his severely stunted emotional development and indifference to his wife's humiliation and disrespect for women in general is a wasted vote.ReplyDelete
However, city residents will have the final say. In the event he becomes NYC's next mayor, those who make it a reality should not complain afterwards as his embarrassing exploits continue. Remember these words: Put a Weiner in office and soon thereafter expect a different type of weiner to invade your own personal space.
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